Flynonstop, a new Norwegian airline based at Kristiansand Airport (also known as Kjevik Airport), has signed a lease for an Embraer 190 to support the airline’s launch in April 2013.
The Embraer 190 which Flynonstop is leasing will be configured with 100 Elite seats in a single-class layout. The airline intends to operate its Embraer 190 between Kristiansand and major European cities to tap into the growing demand for scheduled non-stop air service to and from Norway.
“Flynonstop’s selection of the E190 is another endorsement of the aircraft’s versatile performance capabilities and ideal size for serving secondary markets across Europe,” says Paulo Cesar Silva, president of Embraer, Commercial Aviation.
Although Embraer aircraft have been flying throughout Scandinavia for years, Flynonstop is the first customer to operate an E-Jet from Norway.
Embraer E-Jets are currently in service with three other Northern European carriers – Finnair, Flybe Finland and Estonian Air. (However, Finnair is transferring its remaining Embraer 190s to Flybe Finland on behalf of Finnair and on the larger carrier’s route network.)
With Flynonstop, 28 customers from 19 European countries currently fly or have confirmed future acquisition contracts for Embraer commercial jets. To date 24 of those customers are E-Jet operators.
“Like our name suggests, the focus of our business is to link underserved markets in Norway with key cities in Southern and Central Europe without having to make a connection,” says Daniel Lundberg, CEO of Flynonstop. “The E190’s range and size is ideal. We can add frequency and routes without adding too many seats and we can fly non-stop to places with seasonal demand as well as to key business cities.”
Embraer says it has a growing presence in Northern and Eastern Europe as carriers there continue to replace their aging fleets and right-size capacity. Eight airlines currently fly E-Jets in that region: LOT Polish Airlines, Air Moldova, Finnair, Flybe Finland, Estonian Air, AeroSvit, Belavia and Wind Rose Aviation.
Flynonstop brings to 63 the number of airlines (from 43 countries) which currently flying or have confirmed future deliveries for E-Jets. On October 10, 2012, Embraer delivered its 900th E-Jet. The company had booked firm orders for 1,063 firm E-Jets as of September 30, 2012.